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Cotswold leader slams Eco Town proposal at Long Marston

Cotswold District Council Leader Lynden Stowe has slammed developer-led proposals to build a mega "eco town" at Long Marston, Warwickshire. The site is barely half a mile from the specially-designated Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Cllr Stowe said: "This new town of ‘solar shoeboxes’ would be an unmitigated environmental disaster for the surrounding areas"In particular the wider infrastructure, extending well in to the heart of the Cotswolds will be completely unable to handle the huge additional volume of traffic that would be generated."

"Nor would it be possible to build new capacity to highways, power lines, water, sewage and drainage systems without "butchering" the northern parts of the Cotswolds AONB, including Gloucestershire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire.

He added: "I can barely think of a more unsustainable location for an Eco Town. I urge the Government to place the whole scheme in the bin - for good"

Cllr Stowe was also angry that these proposals had not even been forwarded to Cotswold District Council as the neighbouring planning authority for comment.

Three cheers for Councillor

Three cheers for Councillor Stowe.

The Warwickshire local STOP THE ECO-TOWN CAMPAIGN has made a good start with the meeting at Stratford Racecourse and following march by protestors to the proposed site at Long Marston. Further protests are planned and a roadshow around Stratford and surrounding villages as far as Chipping Campden.

We have nearly 800 names on an E-petition to the Prime Minister, so far as it has only been running for just over a week. We urgently need more names as quickly as possible.

Link is as follows:- http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Eco-townsites/

Thankyou,

Clive Moy Petitioner

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